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A low-scoring affair in Visalia was decided on two runs driven in on sacrifice flies, both by Rancho Cucamonga’s RF Yusniel Diaz, as the Quakes topped the Rawhide 2-1 Saturday night. A packed house of 3,025 at Recreation Park saw just eight hits combined as five Rancho Cucamonga pitchers throttled the Rawhide offense to make the two runs stand up.
Diaz, the Dodgers’ #6 prospect per Baseball America, went 0-for-2 at the plate, but was able to drive in CF DJ Peters who doubled ahead of him in the fourth inning. It was the first hit of the night for the Quakes against Bo Takahashi, who went six strong inning but got no run support. Diaz’ second sac fly came in the sixth.
RHP Dean Kremer started for the Quakes and battled through 2 2/3 innings allowing a hit and three walks, but no runs. RHP Andrew Istler (W, 2-2) came on to get the last out of the third inning and was solid over 3 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, no walks and striking out five to get the win.
2B Daniel Lockhart went 2-for-4 for the Rawhide and SS Sergio Alcantara blasted his second homerun of the season for Visalia’s only run.
The four-game series continues Sunday with Rancho Cucamonga’s Mitchell White facing Visalia’s Ryan Atkinson.
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All eight Cal League teams are 21 games into the season with the Modesto Nuts (13-8) and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (13-8) atop the divisions. Modesto has a two-game lead in the North over Stockton (11-10) and Visalia (11-10) and is three games up on San Jose (10-11).
The Quakes are four games clear of Lake Elsinore and Lancaster, both 9-12, while Inland Empire sits five games out at 8-13.
Three game sets are on tap for the weekend as follows:
RANCHO CUCAMONGA at LANCASTER
STOCKTON at SAN JOSE
LAKE ELSINORE at INLAND EMPIRE
VISALIA at MODESTO
Starting for Rancho Cucamonga tonight is RHP Mitchell White (1-1, 2.35). White is the Dodgers #10 prospect per MLBPipeline and ranks #19 by Baseball America. Opponents are hitting .248 against the 2016 second-round draft pick and White’s WHIP is 0.98.
In San Jose tonight, the Giants will send RHP Mike Connolly to the mound. Connolly is making his fourth start and checks in with a record of 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA. The 2013 draftee out of Maine has walked four against 13 strikeouts on the season.
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The Lancaster Jethawks roughed up Rancho Cucamonga’s Mitchell White for six early runs (3 ER) and totaled 12 hits in an 11-9 win at The Hangar Tuesday night. The Jethawks have taken the first two games of the four-game series to tighten up the Cal League South race.
White, last week’s Cal League pitcher of the week, went 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs and a walk. The first inning was marred only by a fielding error by 1B Ibandel Isabel. But White didn’t make it to the end of a six-run second inning that featured two HBPs, a wild pitch and an error.
Lancaster scored 10 runs over the second, third and fourth innings to put the game out of reach of Rancho’s late comeback attempt. LF Sam Hilliard went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Jethawks. SS Drew Jackson went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.
VISALIA – 2
SAN JOSE – 3
LAKE ELSINORE – 2
INLAND EMPIRE – 3
STOCKTON – 7
MODESTO – 8